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Awakening Senses to the Joy of a Garden

This story was contributed by Martha Walker, retired newspaper and United Press International wire service reporter who also worked 22 years in corporate communications and market research. In a word – “awesome” describes the experiences their Sensory Garden affords preschoolers at Kansas City’s Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. Here they experience the joy of […]

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Empowering More than a Decade of Self-sustaining, Organic Gardening

This story was contributed by Martha Walker, retired newspaper and United Press International wire service reporter who also worked 22 years in corporate communications and market research. Forty-two years ago, a young Korean girl arrived in Kansas City, Kansas and began putting down roots that bound her to the community for decades. The St. Joseph’s […]

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Cultivating New Communities and New Lives

Nestled in the historic Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City, 25 refugee families are cultivating new communities and new lives as they transform abandoned lots into flourishing gardens – all thanks to a partnership between Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), The Health Care Foundation, The Land Bank of Kansas City and Kansas City Community Gardens. Founded in […]

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Successful Garden Underpins Community Revitalization and New Development

In an overgrown, empty lot at 37th and Woodlawn in one of Kansas City’s long-identified “food deserts,” the Ivanhoe Community Garden took root in the spring of 2011 ─ a collaboration of University of Missouri Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council and Kansas City Community Gardens. “The garden has grown from […]

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Two Schools + Two Gardens = Immeasurable Success for At-Risk Kids

Perhaps the adage gardening heals is no more evident than at Kansas City’s Cornerstones of Care Gillis and Ozanam gardens where day therapy and residential foster care kids tend two cultivated acres of vegetables, two orchards plus a large greenhouse built in partnership with Cultivate KC, Kansas City Community Gardens and Giving Grove orchards. “We […]